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Mama Simona Hostel
Ranked #6 of 512 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Mama Simona is a fantastic place in Cusco.
We arrived at 5 in the morning because our bus arrived too early. And the man at the reception took care of us. We could rest in the sofas. Off course we fell asleep. At 7 he gave us a room, while normally check-in is at 1 pm. Then he even carried my backpack to the room because I was sooo tired. Just to say service is great!!!
Its very beautiful, cosy, GREAT beds, nice showers, perfect internet, friendly service, next to the center... What do you want more?!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stayed here one night either side of our Machu Picchu trek. Beds were warm and comfy. The big (free) storage lockers were great for leaving stuff whilst trekking.
Location was good. Close to main square but on a nice quiet side street.
Not great if you want an early night as generally a crowd hangs in the communal area until 11ish.

Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Holly E
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

nice and cozy place, you do feel comfortable and welcomed. bit cold, though, especially in the lobby(the couch there is veeeeery dirty-needs cleaning from time to time:). we loved it cause the check out is at 1 pm :) extremely nice staff!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ellashmella
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Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for three days while adjusting to the altitude before embarking om a 4 day Inca-trail hike.

We got the room overlooking the common area with 3-4 windows. We LOVED it!

Decided to return for a couple of nights to re-charge after our hike and got another room. It was fine but hardly compared to the one we got to stay in earlier. That one was extra-ordinary, so if you stay here - ask for that one :D

Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank SigurdurMar
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

we stayed 2 nights (1 before our trek and 1 after) and wanted to stay longer but they did an uncredible mess with the booking.

+ nice place with cozy common areas
+ free wifi (however not in the rooms and not very reliable)
+ good breakfast

what has to be improved:
- improve your booking system!!!!
- make sure that guests get their confirmed room (we got an bunk bed although we had a confirmed booking for a twin)
- do not throw guests with a confirmed booking out (we assume that they needed our room for a big group)
- make sure that guests do not have to deal with booking/room matters during their stay (we lost a lot of time because of their mess)
- do not touch the stuff of your guest and for sure do not throw things away (our water bottle was missing)
- be generous if you do so crazy misstakes (we had to change the hostel and they did not even pay the taxi...)

our conclusion: to be avoided - it is actually a nice place but this does not help you if you have to deal your whole time with booking matters and if you cannot rely on your confirmed booking... sad!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank swisscouple1983-rtw
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Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

A very good and affordable hostel. The rooms are nice and they have dorms as well doubles with or without private bathroom (which are hot and clean!). The rooms have a good price but were fully booked when we arrived at Cusco, so we could only spend one night there. The staff luckily arranged a room in another hostel which I experienced as good service.

If you want to stay here, which I recommend, it may be smart to book in advance.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank Lottevw90
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Basic accommodation, you do get what you pay for at this hostel. Staff were friendly and helpful, however this hostel seems to be more geared up to the younger traveller. Unfortunately for us our room was situated on the same floor as the dorms and directly opposite the communal toilets. We found that there was a lot of noise due to the number of guests and unfortunately on our second evening we were kept awake into the small hours by a group of students who were celebrating a birthday. Although not ones to be party poopers, this was unfair on the other guests, having to listen to foul language, vomiting and un-tuneful singing (we can laugh about this now!). All in all, a cheap and cheerful place to stay but probably a place for the younger traveller.
We raised our concerns the next morning and felt that the hostel dealt with this to the best of their abilities which we were happy with.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stewandbex
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Additional Information about Mama Simona Hostel

Address: Calle Ceniza 364 | Barrio de San Pedro, Cusco 260408, Peru
Location: Peru > Cusco Region > Cusco
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 512 Specialty Lodging in Cusco
Price Range: $10 - $30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Mama Simona Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hostel is named after the sacred peak Mama Simona – the only female mountain deity among twelve others surrounding Cusco. Mama Simona Hostel is like a good conversation over a cup of coca tea rather than a wild party; a comfortable and welcoming refuge away from the standard “just-another-hostel” kind of place; simple wooden furniture and lots of room rather than cramped kitschy interiors. Staying with Mama Simona is like being invited into the warmth of a Peruvian home. ... more   less 
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